After we had our spinning class with JMM at Rhinebeck, Terry posted this simple sentence.
"The more spinning workshops I take, the more I don't know about spinning."
It was so true! It felt so true. The little we thought we knew turned out to be wrong (or so it seemed). Throughout the weekend we debated and talked about the class, asked questions of friends and received confusing, contradictory and interesting answers (everyone has an opinion, of course).
One of the first things an experienced spinner tells a new spinner is "Knit with your handspun. You'll learn about the properties of spinning in the process." On the plane ride home I had a head full of new knowledge and the desire to make the fingers do the job I knew they needed to. (There is always that space of time between "knowing" what you should be able to do and getting your fingers to DO what you know they must.) I couldn't wait to get home and start spinning. During the trip I had been knitting with my handspun, Oberon, a blend of alpaca, angora and silk. It was knitting up beautifully and several people had commented on the color. It was a skein I had spun early on in my spinning experience, a time when I was flying by intuition.
This yarn is far from "perfect" and it would have flunked out in any judged show. BUT, it held together, it was soft and the fabric it made was luscious and luxurious. Who's to say it was "bad"? I was enjoying every single stitch of the knitting process. The yarn had a fairly even grist and did I say how soft it was? The softness was in large part because of the fiber content, but also because I had had tried a semi-woolen technique (didn't know what it was called at the time) and then, wet finishing as I had read about in Spin Off magazine. The yarn was a two-ply, spun to be a fingering weight and the intent was to knit something lacy. Because it is soft, because it knits nicely, because it is beautiful and has been used for the intended purpose, I'm calling this yarn one big success.
There maybe hundreds of techniques, rules and ways of creating "perfect" yarns. This doesn't mean one shouldn't work towards improving and perfecting spinning expertise. Since the class I have been practicing spinning in general, trying to incorporate the new knowledge and techniques into my daily spinning and learning more as I go. But, what I've spun in the past is as lovely as any future yarn. I am a spinner.
Pattern: Lace Ribbon by Véronik Avery
Yarn: My most incredible, fabulous, soft, perfect as it is, and luxurious handspun
Needle: Addi Lace size 6 (4.00mm)
Time to Knit: Longer than it should have, but the bulk of it was knit in a 3 week time period.
The pattern was fun to knit, relaxingly easy and entertaining.